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I have a dilemma. I also have trouble spelling “dilemma,” but that’s a problem in and of itself. *laughs* But, no, the dilemma is an idea for a sequel.
I personally love sequels and series, such as Harry Potter, Sookie Stackhouse, Temperance Brennan, Alex Rider, etc.
I must admit my novels tend to have the ability to have a sequel or series. For example, The Phoenix Prophetess formed as the Phoenix Trilogy in almost the same strand of thought. Virtuoso has the ability to be a trilogy, as well, but it can stand alone. Missing is a single book, but since I wrote “Cassandra Project,” I can see a sequel hiding in the back of my mind.
For my short stories, the majority of them are individual. No sequel in them. Until I wrote Defying Gravity. I see series potential here, but that’s still not my major dilemma.
The dilemma comes with Once Upon a December Nightmare. When I wrote it, it was a single story. That’s it. I’m done with it. Loved it while I lasted, but it’s over at the end, kinda.
Then, David Huffstetler, author of Blood on the Pen, read Once Upon a December Nightmare and told me I should write a sequel. He wanted more. Even gave me ideas. I dismissed them at the time. Once Upon a December Nightmare was all she wrote, so to speak. Then, the ideas seeped in. Now, I’m seriously considering writing a sequel. I even have a title for it: Nightmare Ever After.
The first one is selling fairly well…by my standards. By the way, huge thank you to everyone who has bought it so far and those who have reviewed. You don’t know how much I appreciate your support! So, a sequel seems plausible, but I just don’t know.
I want to write new things. I’m stuck rewriting old novels for now, but eventually I’ll have time for new stuff. But is a sequel really new? I don’t know. I also have ideas for completely new novels. Which to do first? I don’t know. So, there you have my dilemma.
Any suggestions? Do you have problems figuring out which idea to go with first? What do you think of series? Personally, I love them until they go past the point of all sounding the same. I still don’t know what to do.